Cranky, perverted and insanely funny, Jim Norton is one of stand-up comedy’s great repeat offenders. Blessed with the gift of rant, Norton is best known for being a regular on Comedy Central’s underrated “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn,” and as a contestant on the second season of “Last Comic Standing.” Foul-mouthed and brash, his working-class style and delivery is reminiscent of Jackie Gleason and frequent cohort Colin Quinn. While it’s true Norton takes joy in the juvenile, he is no dummy, and his desire-to-disgust masks a fine-tuned sense of sarcasm and comedic rhythm. Crass, when done correctly, is an art form, and Jim Norton is a master. (Max Minor)
At the Lakeshore Theater, 3175 N. Broadway, (773)472-3492. This production is now closed.